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Topping out for new engineering hub at the University of Cambridge

Tom Dyson, James Dyson’s brother, fulfilled the duty by pouring a bottle of Elgoods Cambridge Bitter onto the roof to mark the event. He was supported by Bob Ensch, Area Managing Director for Morgan...

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Calls vs. balls: monkeys with more impressive roars produce less sperm

Howler monkeys are about the size of a small dog, weighing around seven kilos, yet they are among the loudest terrestrial animals on the planet, and can roar at a similar acoustic frequency to tigers....

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Plague in humans ‘twice as old’ but didn’t begin as flea-borne, ancient DNA...

New research using ancient DNA has revealed that plague has been endemic in human populations for more than twice as long as previously thought, and that the ancestral plague would have been...

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New partnerships for ‘low carbon cities’ in the UK and China

The projects will receive over £3 million in funding from the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), with matched equivalent resources from the National Natural Science...

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A democratic cacophony

In a remote village in a forgotten corner of West Bengal lives an old man called Fakhruddin Gazi. He has lived in the village for every one of his long years. However, since India was partitioned in...

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Your Questions Answered on open access

Open access means making peer reviewed works freely available in digital form, so that anyone with internet access can use them, without financial, legal or technical barriers. It allows users to...

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Flashmobs and flamenco: how Spain’s greatest artform became a tool for...

Flamenco is perhaps Spain’s most alluring cultural phenomenon, characterised by the stereotypes of sun, passion and tumbling black hair. Political protest and social activism are less likely to come...

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Interactions with Africa are in "the University's DNA"

Talks covering work on tackling the ebola outbreak to supporting young scholars formed part of the Cambridge-Africa Day 2015. Speaking at the opening of the event, Professor Sir LeszekBorysiewicz...

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A glimpse of India

For most people, owning a mobile phone also means owning a video camera. There is no cost at all in sharing with others the scenes you film, thanks to YouTube and other such sites, so you can film...

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Social yeast cells prefer to work with close relatives to make our beer,...

The findings, published today in the open access journal eLife, could lead to new biotechnological production systems based on metabolic cooperation. They could also be used to inhibit cell growth by...

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Earthquakes without frontiers

The Ganges is India’s most iconic river, flowing from the Himalaya to the Bay of Bengal, and its massive river basin is one of the most fertile and densely populated regions in the world. The Ganges...

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Entanglement at heart of 'two-for-one' fission in next-generation solar cells

An international team of scientists have observed how a mysterious quantum phenomenon in organic molecules takes place in real time, which could aid in the development of highly efficient solar cells....

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Earthquake rocks Afghanistan and Pakistan – an area prone to magnitude 7 quakes

A devastating earthquake struck the Hindu Kush region of north-east Afghanistan just after lunchtime on October 26, rocking communities as far away as Tajikistan, Pakistan and even India. A...

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Saved from the Nazis in 1938: Schnitzler archive to remain in Cambridge

Now, more than 75 years after it was spirited out of Austria under the noses of Nazis intent on burning and destroying Jewish cultural works, the papers of the man who inspired Freud, Kubrick and many...

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V is for Venomous Snake

Recent reports of a world shortage of anti-venom have drawn attention to the dangers of snake bite, especially in rural areas of developing countries where many people work in the fields, often...

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Phone for a doctor

It’s the middle of the afternoon. You hear the trill of an incoming text message on your phone. You pick it up, expecting 
it to be from a friend. Skipping breakfast will make you overeat at lunch. Ah...

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Can the EU keep the peace in Europe? Not a chance

The European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012 because of its “six decade-long contribution to peace and human rights in Europe”. In 2015, as the UK gears up towards its referendum on EU...

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Spiritual violence and the divine revolution of Sri Aurobindo Ghosh

By the time he had moved back to Calcutta in 1906, the state had been split in half by Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India. The British claimed this schism was ‘administrative’, but it was largely an...

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New design points a path to the ‘ultimate’ battery

Scientists have developed a working laboratory demonstrator of a lithium-oxygen battery which has very high energy density, is more than 90% efficient, and, to date, can be recharged more than 2000...

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Breaking the mould: Untangling the jelly-like properties of diseased proteins

A common characteristic of neurodegenerative diseases – such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease – is the build-up of ‘misfolded’ proteins, which cause irreversible damage to the...

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